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Stormers rallying around Muslim teammate in wake of Christchurch attack - 'I know the people of New Zealand will look after us'

The Stormers have arrived in New Zealand for the start of a tough four-week Oceanic tour but there's more than just rugby on their minds.

The South African team touched down in Wellington this week ahead of Saturday's game against the Hurricanes but the events last Friday in Christchurch are in their thoughts as well.

Springboks captain and Stormers skipper Siya Kolisi says the team, who have many Christians in their ranks, felt for New Zealand after the terror attacks.

"We were shocked when we heard," Kolisi said.

"This is the safest country we've been too... we feel for the families that have been affected.

"The people in South Africa are thinking about the people in New Zealand."

Kolisi said some players had a discussion about teammate Salmaan Moerat, who is Muslim, about whether he should tour with the side.

"One of the senior guys in our team was worried about it," Kolisi said.

"But we'll be with him at all times and I know the people of New Zealand will look after us."

The Stormers face off with the Hurricanes this weekend before heading to Auckland next week to play the Blues. They'll then go across the ditch to Australia for two more matches before heading home.

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    Siya Kolisi still believes New Zealand is one of the safest places in the world. Source: 1 NEWS